G2 and FURIA move ahead in the ESL Pro League Season 13 playoffs. Here’s a quick recap of their games.

G2 and FURIA won their respective matches in the ESL Pro League Season 13 playoffs. FURIA reverse-swept FunPlus Phoenix and G2 reverse-swept Team Liquid while G2 had a similar performance against Team Liquid.

FURIA takedown FunPlus Phoenix 

The South American roster lost Nuke but came back on Vertigo and Inferno to defeat FunPlus Phoenix. Image Credit: FURIA esports via Millennium.

FunPlus Phoenix entered the server as a massive underdog. The European team is in the process of undergoing a roster change. A transition phase is never the strongest aspect for any CS:GO team and expectations were low from FunPlus Phoenix. FunPlus Phoenix started strong in the series with a hefty lead on Nuke. The South American players brought back the score, but ultimately FunPlus Phoenix’s strong terrorist performance paid off. FPX won Nuke 16-14. FPX could not repeat the same level of performance on Vertigo and Inferno. Eventually, FURIA won the series 2-1 to proceed to the next stage of the tournament. 

FURIA’s Vinicius “VINI” Figueiredo had the performance of his life with a 90.3 ADR. The player finished the series with 73 kills in total and a 1.42 rating on HLTV. In stark contrast, Martin “STYKO” Styk was the only FPX player to have a positive kill-death ratio. 

G2 squeeze past Team Liquid

HuNter- and Niko stepped up in G2’s game versus Team Liquid. Image Credit: HuNter-’s Twitter

The match between G2 and Team Liquid was a nail-biter through and through. Team Liquid won Dust 2 with a decent spread of performance throughout the roster. Gabriel “FalleN” Toledo and Keith “NAF” Markovic led the team in kills, but it was Team Liquid’s dominant strategies on the T side that helped them win Dust 2. 

Things were not looking good for G2 after the first map, but Nemanja ‘huNter-‘ Kovač had other plans. The young Bosnian was in fine form on Vertigo and ended the map with 35 kills and a +18 K-D ratio. G2 had a near-flawless T side performance as Team Liquid did not have an answer.

The final map, Inferno, was the most exciting of the three. Team Liquid removed Mirage to allow Inferno to be the last map. They were confident on this map, but G2 was well-prepared. After the Vertigo win, François “⁠AmaNEk⁠” Delaunay opened up Inferno with a pistol round ace. But Team Liquid had a strong defense to finish the first half on ten rounds compared to G2 esports’ five. 

However, after the half, Team Liquid faced similar problems as Jacky ‘Jake’ “Stewie2K” Yip and co. were unable to go through the G2 defense. G2 esports won Inferno 16-14 and the series with a 2-1 score. 

FURIA and G2 esports will face each other in the ESL Pro League Season 13 round of eight. The ESL Pro League Season 13 has a $750,000 prize pool. The tournament started with twenty-four teams and is now down to its final few teams. 

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Rohan Samal - Eurasia Editor

Rohan Samal

Eurasia Editor | Twitter: @rohan_esports | Twitch: rohan_3105

Eurasia Editor for esports.gg. Found esports through gaming nearly 6 years ago and has been involved ever since. Primarily a Dota 2 player, but has the occasional experience in FPS games. Even tried (unsuccessfully) to go pro in Overwatch.